November 2004 in History

Events in History

Election of Interest

Nov 2 George W. Bush is re-elected as President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate John Kerry

  • Nov 3 With no sign the lockout of its players will end in the near future, the National Hockey League cancels 2005 All-Star Game scheduled for February in Atlanta
  • Nov 4 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
  • Nov 6 An express train collides with a stationary car near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 6 and injuring 150.
  • Nov 6 Russian owned, Liberian flagged tanker 'Tropical Brilliance' gets stuck in the Suez Canal for 3 days, blocking all traffic
  • Nov 7 War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • Nov 8 War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • Nov 11 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Election of Interest

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.

  • Nov 17 Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
  • Nov 18 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol
  • Nov 21 Island of Dominica hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. Damage concentrated in the north and the town of Portsmouth. Also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.
  • Nov 21 The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
  • Nov 21 The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
  • Nov 22 The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections
  • Nov 26 Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.

Event of Interest

Nov 27 Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

  • Nov 28 Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct
  • Nov 30 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns
  • Nov 30 Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26

Weddings in History

  • Nov 13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds (35) at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City; divorce in 2008

Deaths in History

Zayed bin Sultan Al NahyanZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004)

Nov 2 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, dies at 85

  • Nov 8 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • Nov 9 Iris Chang, American author and journalist, committed suicide at 36

Stieg LarssonStieg Larsson (1954-2004)

Nov 9 Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat (1929-2004)

Nov 11 Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, dies in Paris at 75

  • Nov 13 Thomas Foglietta, American politician and diplomat (US Representative for Pennsylvania, 1981-97; Ambassador to Italy, 1997-2001), dies from surgery complications at 75
  • Nov 15 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), dies at 95
  • Nov 16 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, abducted at 59 (presumed dead)
  • Nov 19 John R. Vane, English pharmacologist (Nobel 1982), dies at 77
  • Nov 19 Piet Esser, Dutch sculptor (b. 1914)
  • Nov 20 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • Nov 23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • Nov 24 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), dies at 84
  • Nov 29 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)

Pierre BertonPierre Berton (1920-2004)

Nov 30 Canadian author (War of 1812), dies of heart failure at 84